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Applications for Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries open for artists from lower socioeconomic backgrounds

Calling all arts or cultural organisations in the UK looking to support the next generation of outstanding artists and creative talent! The #callforentry to be a Host for the next edition of Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries is now open! https://bit.ly/2OLn0Uf #WJCB2022

For the first time, we are doing an open call for arts or cultural organisations from across the UK to apply to be a Host in this fourth edition of the programme. The roles are restricted to those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and we will be trialling a new suite of eligibility criteria (beyond and including full maintenance grants for those who are BA or equivalent graduates).

Please find full details of how to apply here and a blog post accompanying the launch here.

We are delighted to be scaling up from 40 to 50 Hosts with support from Arts Council England’s Transforming Leadership Fund, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland, Garfield Weston Foundation, Art Fund and PRS Foundation.  We have made a few key changes based on our evaluations of each edition and also what is going on across our sector to support the growing interest in the need for much greater socio-economic diversity and inclusion in the arts and cultural sector. 

  • All hosts will take part in co-creating an 18-month Organisational Change programme run by people make it work, provided free of charge by the programme, to help them achieve their ambitions in embedding socio-economic diversity and inclusion in their organisations.
  • Hosts are invited to create a year-long Fellowship which is meaningfully connected to the artistic or cultural leadership of their organisation. We are focussing on roles which are not only harder for organisations to find funding for but which are also more likely to lead to artistic leadership roles in the future for our Fellows.
  • Fellowships are early-career and open to anyone within 3-5 years of leaving school (or within 2 years of leaving university) and with an artistic or creative practice of their own.
  • The roles are restricted to those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and we will be trialling a new suite of eligibility criteria (beyond and including full maintenance grants for those who are BA or equivalent graduates).

By opening up applications for Hosts for the first time, we hope the programme and its aims can reach much further across the sector, and we would be grateful if you could help us spread the word.

Applications are open until Thursday 30th January 2020.

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